CW: Domestic abuse, sexual violence, violence against women
Andre ‘Dr Dre’ Young, the billionaire headphones mogul and Apple employee, released a new album this week. Inspired by the new film Straight Outta Compton, the album Compton, A Soundtrack By Dr Dre will be Young’s third release. It’s been 16 years since his last album, which is approximately three lifetimes in the pop music world, so you can imagine the fanfare with which this has been announced. Since his last record, Young co-founded the Beats By Dre brand, which was recently purchased by Apple, inc for three billion dollars – the biggest purchase in Apple’s history. The exact amount Young made isn’t known, but he immediately put a video up on Youtube stating that he was hip hop’s “first billionaire”.
Considering all of the above, there’s been a lot of press around Young recently. Weirdly enough, though, I haven’t seen many mentions of the time he repeatedly slammed a woman’s head into a wall in front of a crowd of people and then boasted about it afterwards.
In addition to running the Jar Belles site, I’m part of Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists, and I would like to invite all of you lovely Jar Belles to our Feminist Solidarity Fest.
Feminist Solidarity Fest is an event to promote solidarity (duh) across all supporters of gender equality. We want to make it as open to people as possible, encouraging not only strident feminists to attend (though we obviously love ‘em) but also people who would agree that men and women should be equal but haven’t given it much more thought than that. This is for two main reasons:
A new London museum, originally proposed to be a celebration of women in the East End, was met with understandable outrage and branded a ‘sick joke’ as the owners revealed it would be dedicated to Jack the Ripper – an unknown man who killed Whitechapel residents Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly in 1888.
CW: Body shaming, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation
I know that in the current climate, there are arguably more important feminist issues to talk about – austerity, domestic violence, Dapper Laughs – and I am as vocal as you like about those. But I want to talk to you about pro wrestling.
For women, empowerment has been a struggle. Most women and girls are socially conditioned by their families, the media and advertising to look and feel a certain way, putting on added pressure to be perfect and falsely promising them them this is the route to empowerment.
We generally advocate body acceptance and positivity here at the Jar Belles, but if you’re really desperate to improve your body – we’re here to help.
It’s that time of year again. McFlurry sales are on the rise, Poundland hand fans are objects of lust, and city shorts seem like viable office wear. For many of us, summer is a time to panic. We all want to spend our hard-earned dosh on a break in the sunshine, but are our bodies ready for it? Probably not.
Thursday the 11th June saw the feminist collective HYSTERIA and the LSE Feminist Society present a short documentary on female sterilisation in North India, titled Nasbandi: Conversations About Female Sterilization in Rural India.
On Saturday 20th March, 250,000 people came together for the People’s Assembly End Austerity Now demo. Only 60-70,000 people were estimated to attend, showing that people across the UK are far angrier about the recent cuts than anyone could have predicted.
So far in our quest for a set of feminist terms and definitions, we’ve covered some basics and some not-so-basics. Now we’ll get onto the complicated stuff, e.g. various types of feminism. This gets complicated because different groups have their own interpretations on what each of these things mean, so may not agree exactly with the definitions we have here.
I’d also like to explicitly point out that being a feminist does not mean having to subscribe to any of the below groups, or any other feminist group. Feminism is more of a spectrum than a cluster of rigidly defined groups, and the sooner we reject the idea of clear cut labels, the sooner I believe we can work together towards our goals. With that in mind, it can be confusing not to know the basics of each group – hence why I’m attempting to define each approach. So, without further ado: